12
Feb/10

videos from Open Make!

Here are some videos from the Open MAKE afternoon activities. As we posted before, we hosted Bristlebots and Blinkybugs making activities for the museum visitors.

Both bristlebots and blinkybugs are such attractive attention getters that the Studio was soon filled up with lots of kids. Once they found out their bots were alive (i mean when they saw the circuit goes successfully), they got excited and engaged in adjusting the location of the battery, motor, and wires to shift the weight and alter how the bots moved. They also used craft materials such as pipe cleaners and feathers. It was very exciting to see, as the activities went on, that the kids ended up making more customized bots to differentiate themselves.

Each kid enjoyed his or her own unique creation. When designing activities, it is always interesting to think about how to provide not only some structures (i.e., proper steps to make bristlebots/blinkybugs) but also openness for explorations!

05
Feb/10

Open Make: Circuits!

We are proud to report that our first Open MAKE event happened last Saturday in our new space on the Exploratorium's floor, which we call The Studio.

First, we hosted the Young Makers participants in The Studio, and with the help of this month's featured makers Ken Murphy, and Windell and Lenore, we made Blinkybugs and Bristlebots.

Then the featured makers were interviewed by Dale Dougherty, Editor of Make Magazine to a full auditorium, and took some interesting questions from the public.

Finally, we opened our space, for the first time, to the public, offering both BlinkyBugs and BristleBots making activities, as well as thematically hand-picked exhibits to play with. The Studio was full, bustling, and great fun!

Click below for a selection of photographs from the event!

Open MAKE gallery
Open MAKE gallery
03
Feb/10

The making of The Studio gallery

We're been working hard for the last three weeks to prepare a great space in the Exploratorium where we will be doing most of our upcoming work. Our big deadline was last Saturday's Open MAKE event, and so we worked tirelessly and sometimes frantically to prepare the space. This little timelapse movie will give you an idea of some of the work that went into it. Enjoy!

22
Jan/10

BristleBots, hexbug style!

Ted fellow Marvin Hall, a long-time friend of the Learning Studio, was in town this week to participate in the First LEGO competition with a bunch of kids from Jamaica.

They stopped by the Learning Studio, and all his kids are obsessed with a set of robotics kits called Hexbugs. As you know, we've been developing and playing around with BristleBots, and a logical next step took shape...

Radioshack sells these for $8, and other places for even more. But:

Toothbrush $2.40
Pager motor $0.99
3V coin battery $1.00
Total: Less than $5

And of course, pride in having made it yourself: priceless!

15
Jan/10

BristleBots!

Here are some fun photos and a video of our initial attempt to make BristleBots

BrushBot
BrushBot
SurferBot
SurferBot
Ryan
Ryan

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